ABOUT US

OLIVER W. BRAY, ESQ. 

Managing Partner

As a Certified Specialist in Estate, Trust and Probate Law, skilled litigator and accomplished mediator, Oliver is able to draw on his extensive interdisciplinary qualifications to provide comprehensive and strategic approaches to his practice of law.

 

Oliver’s practice concentrates on litigation, particularly cases involving will and trust disputes, trustees and conservatorships. Additionally, he has specialized in representing professional fiduciaries in probate, trust and conservatorship proceedings since 1985.

 

He has served as Administrator and Trustee on several complex estates, and is frequently appointed by the Court as counsel on the complex panel for incompetent and disabled persons.

 

Oliver is a standing board member of the Contra Costa Bar Association’s Estate Planning and Probate Section.

SPECIALIZED TRAINING:

- Certified Specialist, Estate Planning, Trust & Probate Law –    State Bar of California Board of Legal Specialization

- Court-appointed attorney for complex conservatorship &

   trust matters 

PROFESSIONAL MEMBERSHIPS:

- Co-Chair, Contra Costa County Bar Association, Trusts &

  Estates Section

- Director, Contra Costa County Bar Association 2007-2011,

  2013-2015

- Member, Estate Planning Council of Diablo Valley

- Member, California State Bar Trust and Estates Section

EDUCATION:

- J.D., John F. Kennedy University School of Law

 

BAR ADMISSIONS:

- California State Bar 

- Northern District of California –

  U.S. District Courts

RECOGNITION:

- Martindale-Hubbell AV Rating

- Super Lawyers, 2006 – present

MONA NIA, ESQ. 

Partner

Mona joined the firm in 2017 as an associate attorney and became a partner in 2021. Her practice concentrates on the areas of estate planning, conservatorships, and trust and estate litigation.

 

As a legal intern with the Contra Costa County Probate Department, she gained extensive experience assisting with drafting judicial orders, presenting ex parte petitions in chambers, and assisting the probate examiners with the evaluations of filings with the probate court.

 

Prior to joining the firm, Mona's past experience also included working for law firms in Walnut Creek and San Francisco, focusing on family law litigation and complex estate planning.  She is an active member of the Contra Costa County Bar Association Trust and Estates Section and Estate Planning Council of Diablo Valley.

 

As a graduate of the University of California, Davis, Mona received her bachelor’s degree in Political Science with an emphasis on Political Theory. She went on to earn her J.D. from Golden Gate University, School of Law, obtaining degree specializations in Family Law and Public Interest Law. Mona is currently enrolled in the Master of Laws program specializing in Estate Planning, Trust and Probate Law.

Mona Nia

JUDICIAL CLERKSHIP:

Fellowship Research Attorney for Hon. John H. Sugiyama,

Superior Court of Contra Costa County, Probate Department

 

PROFESSIONAL MEMBERSHIPS:

- Member, California State Bar, Trusts & Estates Section 

- Member, Contra Costa County Bar Association, Trusts & Estates Section

- Member, Contra Costa County Bar Association, Barristers Section

- Member, Contra Costa County Bar Association, Women's Section

- Member, Contra Costa County Bar Association, Diversity, Equity &

  Inclusion Committee

- Member, Estate Planning Council of Diablo Valley

- Member, Robert G. McGrath Inn of Court 

- Member, Iranian American Bar Association, Northern California Chapter

EDUCATION:

- LL.M., Estate Planning, Trust, & Probate Law

  Golden Gate University, School of Law (pending)

 

- J.D., Golden Gate University, School of Law

- B.A., in Political Science,

  University of California, Davis

BAR ADMISSION:

California State Bar 

 

LUCILE K. CAIN, ESQ.

Associate Attorney

Lucy’s practice concentrates on the areas of estate planning, conservatorships, and trust and estate litigation. Prior to joining the firm, she gained many years of experience before and during law school working for law firms in Walnut Creek in the areas of probate litigation and estate administration.  

 

Additionally, she is a trained Mediator and has observed and mediated conflicts for the  Superior Court of Contra Costa County.  

 

As a graduate of the University of California, Davis, Lucy received her bachelor’s degree in History with a minor in Japanese, with high honors.

 

Lucy went on to earn her J.D. from the University of California, Davis, School of Law, King Hall. She had the honor of receiving the Dean's Merit Scholarship for all three years of her legal education.  During her time at King Hall, she served as the Senior Articles Editor of the Environmental Law and Policy Journal.  

As a lifelong resident of Contra Costa County, she is proud to continue to serve the community through her work with this firm.  

Lucy Cain

PROFESSIONAL MEMBERSHIPS:

- Member, California State Bar, Trusts and Estates Section 

- Member, Contra Costa County Bar Association, Trusts & Estates Section

- Member, Contra Costa County Bar Association, Barristers Sections

SPECIALIZED TRAINING: 

Mediation and Conflict Resolution Certificate 

EDUCATION:

- J.D., University of California, Davis

King Hall, School of Law

- B.A., in History with a minor in Japanese,

  University of California, Davis, 

BAR ADMISSION:

California State Bar 

 

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WENDY L. KOERBER

Legal Assistant 

Wendy has been a legal assistant with this firm since 1983.  She specializes in drafting estate planning documents, including Trusts, Wills, Powers of Attorney, Advance Health Care Directives, deeds and all change in ownership forms. Wendy assists in the preparation of all probate, conservatorship and guardianship Judicial Council forms, and drafts reports to the court for accounting requirements and orders thereon.

 

Wendy was born in London England, grew up in Martinez, California and has raised her family here.

 

SPECIALIZED TRAINING:

Notary Public

 

PROFESSIONAL MEMBERSHIPS:

Secretary, Contra Costa County Legal Professionals Association